April 25, 2023 | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Heritage Hall

Penn State Homecoming’s Legacy event was created to celebrate the legacy that graduating seniors will be leaving here at Penn State while also celebrating the legacy that underclass students are creating during their time here. As an organization, part of our mission is to instill pride in all members of the Penn State family and that includes recognizing all of your accomplishments. The theme for Homecoming 2023, Illuminate the Lion within, encapsulates that idea – How have you illuminated your inner lion and how do you continue to illuminate it every day? This “illumination” creates a legacy…a legacy worth celebrating! This year, our annual Legacy event will feature incredible performances, snacks & drinks, and a variety of other activities to check out. We are also so excited to bring Escape Rooms to a Homecoming event for the very first time! Join us on Tuesday April 25th from 1-6PM in Heritage Hall!

Allen Street Jam

October 9, 2023 | 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Allen Street

On Monday October 9th, from 3-7pm, South Allen Street between College Ave and Beaver Ave will be transformed into a giant block party! Come snack on McLanahan’s sandwiches, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and choose a fun flavor for your lemonade. Sit for a caricature with your friends, design some airbrushed merchandise, and listen to the live music throughout the day. End this fun-filled afternoon by watching the dance competition, featuring some beloved Penn State dance groups, starting at 6pm. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Past to Present 

October 10, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | HUB

Enter Heritage hall on Tuesday, October 10th between 11 and 4 to celebrate Penn State’s history! When you walk into this blast from the past you will see an obstacle course to play with your friends, a sign shop to make a creative memorabilia for the day, cotton candy, popcorn, cake, cookies, and fun performances to experience throughout the day! There will be multiple clubs sharing their history so we can all see how every student at Penn State is part of our history. To earn FREE merch, come and play Guess the Logo Year, and interactive game celebrating previous Homecomings. Stop by and enjoy an interactive blast from the past!!

Grand Marshal Q&A

October 10, 2023 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | TBD

A Q&A style event held in Freeman Auditorium inside the HUB on Tuesday after Past to Present ends and before the For the Glory Talent Show in collaboration with the Blue and White Society between 7-8pm. This is an opportunity for current students to ask you questions about your time as a Penn State student and your experience as an alum.


October 11, 2023 | 2:00PM – 7:00 PM | HUB Lawn

A carnival on campus? Yes, you heard that right! On Wednesday, October 11th, from 2 to 7 pm, HUB Lawn will be transformed and you’re not going to want to miss it. Explore the carnival-style “booths” that will be hosted by a variety of student organizations and then take your turn on one of the inflatables. Once you get hungry, grab some popcorn, cotton candy, or Creamery ice cream, before going to sit for a caricature with your friends or getting a stuff-a-plush. Stop by at any time – we can’t wait to see you then!

Homecoming/Opulence Drag Show

October 11, 2023 | 8:30pm 

Penn State Homecoming is so excited to partner with Opulence to put on our drag show! Opulence is Penn State’s Premiere Drag Ambassador group. Come out for a fun night of performances! 

Pride in Our Community Pep Rally

October 12, 2023 | 5:30PM | HUB Steps

The Homecoming Pride in Our Community Pep Rally put on by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center takes place every year on the Monumental Staircase. The POC Pep Rally brings the community together. You can always see students dancing, stepping, and cheering for each other!

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Alumni Ice Cream Social

October 13, 2023 | 1:00PM | Hintz Alumni Center

The Homecoming Ice Cream Social is an event all students, alumni, and members of the Penn State community are welcome to attend. Berkey Creamery ice cream will be served along with music, Alumni Blue Band performances, and a cash-only Homecoming merchandise sale! The Ice Cream Social helps welcome alumni back home for the weekend while boosting Penn State pride leading up to the Homecoming Parade!

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October 13, 2023 | 6:00 PM 

On behalf of Penn State Homecoming, the Parade Committee is excited for this year’s Homecoming Parade with the theme “Illuminate the Lion Within.” We hope that you will join us to celebrate one of Penn State’s oldest and most famous traditions that keeps students, faculty, staff, and alumni connected. At Homecoming, we celebrate our legacy and share our Penn State pride with all those who were, are, and will be a part of the Penn State community. The annual Homecoming Parade will take place on Friday, October 13th, 2023 at The Pennsylvania State University’s University Park campus in downtown State College, starting at 6 p.m. We would love to be able to showcase student organizations, alumni, community groups, and our VIPS and their role in the Penn State community. Groups can register for the Homecoming parade at this link on the Homecoming website.

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Guard The Lion Shrine 

October 13th, 2023 | 7:30PM-9:30PM | Lion Shrine

Held immediately after the Homecoming parade every year, Guard The Lion Shrine is one of Penn State’s longest standing traditions. This tradition originates from a well-know story featuring Sue Paterno, a friend, and some Syracuse fans. The Syracuse fans, during Homecoming weekend, covered the Lion Shrine in oil-based paint, making the removal of the paint very difficult. Since then, Guarding the Shrine has become a cherished Homecoming celebration featuring live entertainment, guest speakers, often Sue Paterno herself, free food, games, and activities centered around protecting the symbol of our best! Join us in Guarding the Shrine this Homecoming Weekend!


Homecoming Football Game

October 14, 2023 | 3:30PM | Beaver Stadium

The Homecoming football game will take place Saturday October 14th at 3:30 pm against the UMass Minutemen. Come witness the black and pink S-Zone, the “Generations of Greatness” jerseys, and the presentation of the Homecoming Courts, Grand Marshals, and much more!

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